This is the most famous picture from Dubai.
It is an extreme luxury hotel and very expensive. The hotel is 321 m high and is situated on Dubai coast.
We visited the hotel inside with a guide. INCREDIBLE !!
When Dubai is mentioned, many people think of the iconic Burj Al Arab - the hotel built out on a spit in the Gulf, that looks like a giant sail. The Burj claims to be "The Best Hotel in the World", and has given itself 7 stars. It is the world's tallest dedicated hotel, and all 202 of its suites and two-storey, with unbeatable views.
If you think the outside looks impressive, wait till you get inside - the "ostentatious opulence will leave you reeling" (to steal a quote from my Guide book). The lower lobby area has a dancing fountain, and two massive tropical fish-tank-walls. Ride up the escalator into the main lobby area, looking up as you do into the soaring atrium, with its over-the-top gold and blue décor. Then look down at the garish carpet that clashes terribly, but somehow works amongst the other gaudy appointments.
To get up close to the Burj Al Arab, you need to either be staying there, or have an advance reservation to dine in one of the restaurants, or to have a drink in one of the bars. As you can imagine, dining doesn't come cheap here, so one of the more economical options is to go for afternoon tea. Booking a few weeks in advance, the only afternoon tea slot available was at 5.30pm in the Sahn Eddar Atrium Bar, located off the hotel's lobby.
We arrived by taxi, and as we came to the hotel gates, on the mainland, the guard requested to see our booking confirmation. We were then waved through, drove along the spit, and were dropped off at the front door. We arrived early, which gave us plenty of time for taking photos outside, and then inside the lobby area. Photos are allowed in the lobby area, but not in any of the bars or restaurants to protect the privacy of the exclusive guests.
Although the afternoon tea was not at the standard one would imagine from a 7 star hotel, it was well worth it to gain admittance to this architectural marvel.
After having lived in Dubai for almost a year we finally did visit the Burj al Arab in May 07 to celebrate my wife's birthday.
I had booked the Afternoon tea package for both of us. That is by the way the most "economical way" of visiting the Burj and a very nice one too.
First of all you have a choice of many different kinds of teas. Once you've selected yours, they serve the tea, along with some small, but very good sandwiches. After that you get a tray full of small cakes and sweets.
All in all it was a very nice experience.
If you want to book an Afternoon tea package for yourself, make sure that you do that at least a month in advance. To do so, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone seems to think this is the best hotel in the world. It accurately resembles what it was meant to resemble: a billowing sail. It is certainly in a great location with the madinat jumeirah a 5 minute walk away.
Visiting the famous Burj Al Arab should be straightdforward enough - you simply make a reservation there (dinner, high tea, whatever) and you are allowed in... pity that when we tried to book (much ahead, low season) it turned out to be fully booked...
We did not give up and once in Dubai we asked our hoptel if there were any chances. They said: maybe. The same evening we were informed that a) it was fully booked 2) they had a contact there and we could go and tour it the following day.
So we went: a lebanese guy in a fancy car picked us up - from his visit card he appeared to own a rent-a-car agency. Bizarre. Even more bizarre is that there was a philippino woman in the car with him, that he had just met the previous day (and who seemed to know the doorman at the burj): she went in with xaver, I went in with my husband. The Lebense guy came in through the back door some 10 minutes later. He knew the hotel well and took us around - the philippino woman had not been to the hotel before and was amazed as we were. Even more bizarre.
Anyway the hotel is all glittering in gold... tacky in a way - but very much worth a visit.
...you can only do so if you are a guest of the hotel or you have a reservation in one of the bars/restaurants. Security is very tight at this hotel, and you will be stopped by a security guard before you can enter.
If you do want to visit the hotel but don't fancy paying the high prices to stay in their suites, then I recommend making a reservation for afternoon tea at the Sky Bar. Price is about 25GBP per person. Email the hotel to make reservations.
As you can see, the burj is illuminated up in different colours at night (which change every 5-10 minutes). So if you're driving past nearby, make sure to catch a few snaps (at distance).
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Burj Al Arab is a part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort, situated 17km south of the city of Dubai. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail; the hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai coastline. At night, it offers an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer.
This is a hotel, but for most people it cannot be an accomodation tip as the cost of a room starts from 1.300 euro per night.
It is known to be the only 7 stars hotel in the world, but I am still wondering who decided it has 7 starts as, as far as I know, the maximum is still 5.
Officially you can visit the hotel booking a table for an evening tea(about 80 euros) or a dinner at their beach restaurant(about 70 euro), we couldn't do that as everything was booked and got to enter tipping a taxi driver(50 euro for 3 persons) with some contacts inside.
Definitly beautiful and spectacular inside but somehow kitsch for my tastes.
it is so unusual- a hotel designed to look like a sailing boat. It is probably the most expensive hotel in the world.
It has a lift that goes at such speed- something like 40 floors in 40 seconds.
Outside there is a lake and it is possible to take a short trip on it if you are staying at the resort.
There's only a few hotels in the world that are famous enough to become tourist attractions in their own right. Burj Al Arab is one of them. Opened in 1999 it has become an iconic landmark for the city. It costs a fair bit to stay in the world's first 'seven-star' hotel that is actually classed as five-star deluxe and there's a whole host of reasons why. Built on an artificial island, 280m offshore, the 320m sail shaped hotel houses 202 suites - each with their own private butler. Everything that looks like it's gold actually is - 24 carat gold leafed furnishings and fittings.
Whether you want it or not, you'll see it anyway because in Dubai all roads lead to Burj - at least until other architectural wonders like Palm Island, Hydropolis, Burj Dubai or World are completed :)
On the out side it looks really amazing, whether you are looking at it on bright, sunny day or at night, because colorful lights are very nice. But, inside, it's totally different story.
I know that we all have different taste and style, and I'm sorry I have to say this but, inside Burj Al Arab looks like it was designed by schizoid. Where ever you look, you can see all colors in spectrum at once, which is a bit tiring. My advice is - stay outside and stay amazed!
This is an symbol of Dubai you cannot miss. One of the landmarks of the city.
It should normally be on Accomodation Tips but in my particular case the budget allows me to put it on Sights only :)
It was completed in 1999 and it sits on an artificial island some 300 m. off the shore on Jumeirah Road Umm Suqeim.
It has the shape of a sail and none less than 60 floors. It even has its own helipad so you can land in style here !
The lobby of the hotel can be visited but you have to dress properly, meaning no visits when coming from the beach and it costs some 20 GBP, which is quite expensive bearing in mind that you cannot take photos !!
I was tempted to visit it but decided not to do it in the end. Maybe if you do you can write to tell me if I am missing something good!!
I have read that whatever looks like gold is actually gold ! how luxury....
Go for lunch, go for dinner, if you cannot afford to stay there overnight.
It is really somthing "to write home about"!
This 7 star hotel is unique. You will not see anything like it.
It is built on a little island just off the beach, it is a masterpiece.
This is the first seven-star hotel in the world. Having all the first class facilities, Burj Al Arab becomes one of the famous landmark of Dubai. In the evening (usually starts at 7 PM), Burj Al Arab starts to display a beautiful colorful lights.
Burj Al Arab in Arabic means "Tower of Arabs". Its Dubai's most expensive and luxurious hotel where minimum per night rates start from $1000. If you are in Dubai then do try to see this hotel. They would charge you AED 120 ( $35 appox) per person as entry fee. This fee is refundable at any of restaurants in the hotel . You are supposed to wear formal clothes and no entry is allowed to any one wearing shorts, sneakers, sandals or other casual clothes. You would need to deposit your cameras at reception as photography inside hotel is not allowed.
The hotel has sail shaped structure which is 321 meters above Arabian gulf. It has been built on man made island 280 meters off shore. There are 202 suites in the hotel. Jumeirah beach hotel and Wild Wadi water park are located just next to it.
Each suite has its own reception, living area , dinning area and office desk. with laptop, scanners, printers, multimedia systems, fax and copier. Guests have their own dedicated butlers available 24 hours. Each suite has 14 telephones for use of guests. Bath rooms are on ground floor of each suite. They are not less then a wonderland.
The sail structure outside gives rainbow colors at night. 22K Gold is used alot in walls, pillars and domes throughout. Hotel's helipad is located on the 28th floor. The central fountain, called The Volcano, is centre stage for stunning displays. You can enjoy dancing water works there.
People of Dubai are very proud of Burj Al Arab. That is why you would see all cars number plates in Dubai with Burj Al Arab logo. Let me tell you that money you pay at Burj Al Arab is worth what you see and experience. This hotel is also said to be world's only seven star hotel. So plan for Burj Al Arab when you are in Dubai next time!